Our energy compliance programs are designed to assist you throughout the entire regulatory compliance lifecycle.
Helping producers, marketers, terminal operators, and obligated parties comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard (and other state or federal regulatory mandates) is a natural extension of our decades of work providing financial and technological support services to the ethanol and renewable fuels industries.
Unlocking all the benefits of biofuels requires you being registered with all the right agencies in just the right way. Whether you’re registering your facility with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board, or seeking financial assistance from the USDA, we can get you through the application process and help you avoid the common roadblocks or minor mistakes that often cause major headaches down the road.
Even small oversights today can create big, unforeseen problems later. Let us assist with preparation of quarterly and annual EMTS and LRT-CBTS reports, or provide you with a third party review of your reports to ensure their accuracy.
Audit and Attestation:
EPA Fuel Attests:
Section 80 of the Code of Federal Regulations requires a number of parties to have annual attest engagements to validate that their reports to the EPA agree with the documents and records supporting the information in those reports. We’ve completed hundreds of attestations for fuel producers, understand the full complexity of RIN and EPA Reporting, and can conduct checks that ensure you are in compliance with the regulations that apply to your company.
Due Diligence Validations:
Participating in the EPA’s Quality Assurance Program (QAP) is expensive. While that allows you to generate Q-RINs, the value of them is not necessarily immediately apparent. Our specialized quarterly due diligence procedures enable producers to provide prospect buyers with confidence in their fuel’s eligibility for RIN Generation. This features less invasive procedures and comes without the expensive costs. If you do participate in the QAP, our expert RIN attest team can still provide your annual attest engagement.
California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS): Biofuels buyers want confidence in the Carbon Intensity (CI) value you’re assigning your fuel and the pathway information associated with your product. RFS fraud paralyzed the RIN markets. In the same way, the fear of potential LCFS fraud and the “buyer beware” nature of fuel and the credits generated from mean caution is common. We can provide a third party LCFS verification service to perform the due diligence necessary to ensure your product is an attractive purchase.
Canadian Renewable Fuel Regulation Audits:
While the responsibilities that come with exporting your fuel to Canada may seem like a set of burden that outweighs the potential benefits, that isn’t necessarily a good reason to limit the places you do business. Our team can help you determine if the Canadian biofuels market is right for you, and have the knowledge and experience to handle the compliance obligations that come with it.
Staff Training and Consultation:
Our priority is to keep you in compliance and up-to-date on all RFS, LCFS, and EPA regulations and mandates. If you have a question regarding Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS), the experts at Christianson, PLLP will find your answer.
Retainer-Based Consulting Services:
Staying up-to-date on all the regulations affecting your business, knowing the best practices for managing the responsibilities that come with them, and evaluating the proper way to interpret them for your operation are on-going responsibilities. We continue to develop new ways to match our decades of biofuels experience with the specific needs of each client.
One-Time Staff Trainings:
Energy compliance is a specialized field. The learning curve associated with on-boarding new staff or bringing existing personnel up-to-speed with policy changes is an obstacle every business will encounter at some point. We work with hundreds of fuel producers and deal daily with sophisticated applications of rules, and will customize our services to provide the solutions you’re looking for.